Ceredigion is a county and former kingdom in mid-west Wales. As Cardiganshire (Welsh: Sir Aberteifi), it was created in 1282, and was reconstituted as a county under that name in 1996, reverting to Ceredigion a day later. In extent the current county is more or less identical to the historic county. Ceredigion is a coastal county on the West Coast of Wales, bordered by Cardigan Bay to the west, Gwynedd to the north, Powys to the east, Carmarthenshire to the south, and Pembrokeshire to the south-west. The Cambrian Mountains cover much of the east of the county; this large area forms part of the desert of Wales. In the south and west, the surface is less elevated. The highest point is Pumlumon at 2,467 feet (752 m), where five rivers have their source: the Severn, the Wye, the Dulas, the Llyfnant and the Rheidol, the last of which meets the Afon Mynach in a 300 feet (91 m) plunge at the Devil's Bridge chasm. The largest river is the River Teifi which forms the border with Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire for part of its length. Other significant rivers include the River Aeron which has its estuary at Aberaeron, and the River Ystwyth and the River Rheidol both of which reach the sea in Aberystwyth harbour.
Ceredigion's 50 miles (80 km) of coastline boasts some fine sandy beaches and high quality transparent sea water. Ceredigion has the only permanent summer residence of bottle-nosed dolphins in the United Kingdom.
Rich in Welsh culture and language, Ceredigion provides visitors with a stunning contrast of spectacular rural landscapes and award winning coastline. Located on the west coast of Wales, Ceredigion sits between Cardigan Bay, one of the finest stretches of coastline in Britain, and the Cambrian Mountains range, an area of outstanding natural beauty.
A selection of spectacular valleys, rivers and mountain ranges make Ceredigion's countryside a national attraction. Take a walk along one of the hundreds of public footpaths or take a drive on some of the country's most breathtaking roads, stopping off at numerous places of interest.
Ceredigion has much to offer those who are interested in outdoor pursuits and active breaks. A diverse range of walks from coastal paths to mountain treks, Ceredigion provides the most varied walks in Britain. For those who prefer to travel on two wheels a well- managed network of cycle paths winds throughout the county. Being near the coast Ceredigion has great access to water sports such as surfing, coasteering, sailing, fishing and kayaking. Golf is also a popular activity in the county as it has 10 competitive golf courses, perfect if youre looking for a golfing break with plenty of variation.
One thing that really sets Ceredigion apart is that its a foodie paradise from simple country pub lunches to award winning five star restaurants. Ceredigion is blessed with a rich, diverse array of produce, from organically grown fruit and vegetables, home baked cakes, breads and biscuits to a fantastic range of cheeses, ice cream and yogurts. It is also famous for its fresh fish, such as lobsters and mackerel, all caught in the sea off the coast of Ceredigion.
Ceredigion has many sites of interest for wildlife enthusiasts such Ynys Hir an RSPB site that has a mixture of Welsh woodland, wet grassland and salt marshes. In the summer you can see wading birds such as lapwings and redshanks whilst in the winter birds such as ducks and geese move in.
There is also the Welsh Wildlife Centre which stands within the Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve on the banks of the River Teifi. The Welsh Wildlife Centre building won an award for architectural design in 1993 when it was first constructed, and still astonishes the visiting public today. It is constructed largely of wood and glass and has panoramic views over the Teifi River, Cardigan town and woodland. The interpretation centre houses a suite of interactive cameras that are out on the marsh watching the wildlife go about its business and the tale of how Teifi Marshes has been created by the Ice Age, geology and industry. It will give you an insight into what you might be able to find on one of four nature trails.
FBM Holidays have some superb holiday cottages in Ceredigion such as Craigfryn and Snowdrop which comprise an attractive single storey cottage and a well-furnished semi-detached bungalow situated in the grounds of Nine Oaks Fisheries, a purpose built angling complex with 3 well stocked trout lakes, 2 large coarse lakes and a well-stocked novices pool for coaching and children. Set in idyllic, landscaped grounds surrounded by an abundance of wildlife and flora, just 1 and a half miles from the Aberystwyth to Cardigan coast road, a lovely tranquil location in the beautiful Ceredigion countryside. An ideal area for enjoying many pursuits including walking, cycling, bird watching , lovely sandy beaches at Newquay where a coastal cruise is a must with almost daily sightings of bottlenose dolphins, porpoise and a myriad of sea bird colonies and the busy Georgian coastal town of Aberaeron just a short drive away.